Coinciding with the Flann OâBrien centenary, Drama On One begins its month long archive series with a re-broadcast of Thirst by Myles Na gCopaleen, starring Eamonn Kelly and Thomas Studley.
Thirst is a study of after-hours drinking in a Dublin bar. Confronted with a sergeantâs visit after a very long night of after-hours serving, publican Ignatius Cornelius Coolahan tells a long story of military service in the desert, hoping he can tap into his accuserâs sense of thirst.
Written in 1943, Thirst started life as the first act of a full-length drama which was never completed. It was later published as a one-act play.